South Africa-raised, London-based artist Baby Queen (aka Bella Latham) has finally unveiled her highly anticipated debut EP Medicine. It’s a six-track record where no topic is out of limits – even the embarrassing ones. In a way, Medicine – as its title implies – feels like a remedy to finally deal with all the haunting issues we tend to hoard. We’re talking about toxic insecurities (like “Online Dating”) and social media approval addiction (“Pretty Girl Lie”). It’s an unfiltered, honest take on some of the most gut-wrenching subjects we usually tend to avoid:
On her EP, the gal shared:
“A lot of these songs were actually written more recently than the songs I’m releasing in 2021. I don’t think I planned for so much of this EP to be focussed on issues surrounding our relationship with the internet, but it just kind of happened that way, which, considering how much time we’ve spent on the internet this year and during lockdown, is incredibly apt. I haven’t been in love for a very long time, so when I was writing these songs, I was writing only about the things I saw happening around me and the way they altered and affected me.
I think this EP is very observational more than anything else. I felt very strongly that there were certain things I needed to say as an artist, and messages I needed to send, and all of the songs on the ‘Medicine’ EP serve a purpose and make a point. This EP, in a way, is me getting a whole bunch of stuff off my chest so that I can move forward with creative freedom to explore other ideas and have new conversations with the people who are listening. I try to make sure when I’m writing a song, that I say everything that needs to be said and there’s nothing left to say, so I’ll never really write the same song twice. I called the EP ‘Medicine’ because of where I was in my life at the time of writing it. All of the songs talk about my struggle with mental health; ‘Buzzkill’ being my depression song, and ‘Medicine’ being my anti-depressant song, and I very much feel that the EP encapsulates an era in my journey towards better understanding myself. It’s really crazy to think the first song was released in May this year and now there’s an entire EP out. This is a really big moment for me. The ‘Medicine’ EP is all about honesty. It’s my stream of consciousness, and I don’t want to hide anything anymore.”
Medicine is out now via Polydor.